IRRI has always been committed to nurturing the environment for a new generation of rice extension professionals through technical knowledge coupled with practical competency. With this in mind, IRRI has developed the Rice Production Manual. This first edition has seven modules that contain a total of 25 lessons, which provides a framework and a guide for upgrading the knowledge and skills of field extension agents from national systems, the private sector, and civil society organizations. This publication is also intended to be a practical guide for daily use in field work and training not only of extension professionals, but also of young men and women farmers, young researchers, research technicians, rice practitioners, and students.
Joe Rickman, senior engineer and agronomist, led the development of this manual, drawing from his extensive experience in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Wherever Joe has worked, he has given a high priority to practical training with sound technical and market understanding. Joe’s contributions have formed the bulk of the publication, whereas numerous others have added to sections or contributed to its editing and print design.
More training manuals for field-oriented professionals are expected in the future, such as in-depth or advanced modules on postharvest, seed production and management, and so on. IRRI is already working on these practical guides to support competency for safe and skilled use of farm machinery. This is a practical series and is anticipated to be available for e-learning in the future.
For more information, contact Jason Beebout through IRRITraining@irri.org.
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